On July 2nd, the Deadwood City Commission voted unanimously in support of an exchange between the city’s Deadwood Pavilion property, recently transformed into a parking lot, and Super G Investments’ Franklin Motor Lodge. According to the Black Hills Pioneer, the Franklin Motor Lodge is the proposed site for construction of a community gathering place on Deadwood’s Main Street.
This land exchange moves the project forward significantly, allowing the Main Street Initiative group to secure the matching $2 million dollars for the $4 million project, with the first $2 million coming from Historic Preservation funds. Chairman of the initiative Bill Pearson hopes to raise the money from private and public sources, rather than spending taxpayer money.
Concerns over how the money will be raised and the time frame of the project were raised at the Commission meeting. As details arise, the Commission will have opportunities to vote on further actions in the future. Commissioner Sharon Martinisko said that there was no intent in her original motion for the city to bring any money to the initiative. Tom Rensch of Super G Investments said that they would not go forward with the land exchange if the project would ask for city funds.
The Neighborhood Block Council and other community groups and individuals have come out in support of the plan for a Main Street gathering place. The project is being seen as a positive thing for local families, business-owners, and visitors to Deadwood by creating a new gathering place and bringing people together downtown.
The plan now goes to a meeting with Governor Daugaard and the Office of Economic Development in Pierre to decide whether the project will receive the matching funding.
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